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Colman's Mustard Norwich factory under threat

There are fears over the future of the production of Colman's Mustard in Norwich. It comes after a decision by drinks company Britvic who share the site to pull out of the city.

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Union concern for the future of Colman's in Norwich

Unions fear that Colman's Mustard in Norwich is under threat

The Unite union say they are concerned about the future production of Colman's Mustard in Norwich after Britvic's decision to close it's drinks business on the same site resulting in more than 240 job losses.

The production of its Robinsons and Fruit Shoot brands at the site, which is co-owned with Unilever, will be transferred to east London, Leeds and Rugby. The plant will close by the end of 2019.

Now Unilever who own Colman's could be pulling out of the city as well ending more than 200 years of mustard production in Norwich.

Unite national officer Rhys McCarthy said:

There are fears that Colman's Mustard in Norwich could be facing closure

The sad news that Britvic is closing its operations in Norwich also has an impact on Unilever workers who the share the same site.

This is very painful news for our members and their families at Britvic and we will be giving the maximum support to our members at what is a very difficult time in the days and weeks ahead.

Unilever has today announced a review of the whole site to be concluded by the end of November. Everything is up for review including expanding its operations, selling part of the site and, more worryingly, closure.

The whole of Norfolk needs to come together to fight for the future of Colman’s Mustard that is so identified with the city of Norwich.

– Rhys McCarthy Unite

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